Music reviews, interviews and recommendations


I’m Mark Johnson, Reviews Editor at Punktastic and all round music lover.

I’ve been seriously involved with music since I got my first drum kit in 2000, which led me to forming a band with Dan Tompkins (now of TesseracT). That started my love affair with all aspects of the rock and alternative world and it’s still as strong as ever.

Being a musician is serious fun and during that time I found a passion for writing. I’ve been writing reviews independently since 2007. Prior to Punktastic and thePunkSite I worked with AlreadyHeardPPcorn (formerly FDRMX) and have had reviews published on I’ve since  worked press at many of the UK’s best-loved festivals: The Great Escape (Brighton), Slam Dunk (Leeds), Download Festival (Castle Donnington), Y Not (Derbyshire), Hevy Fest (Kent) and ArcTanGent (Bristol). Through journalism I’ve been lucky enough to meet and interview some of my favourite artists, including Funeral for a Friend, Crooks, Trophy Scars, The Dear Hunter, Hands Like Houses and Circa Survive.

TESTWOOD is both my portfolio of articles published across the sites  I contribute to and a place for promoting, sharing and celebrating music by artists that I love.

If you’re in a band and you want your work to be heard – email me at and I’ll be sure to give it a listen.



2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Mark, could i get a contact email please? Just wondering if you would like to interview one of my artists at Download fest.
    I also look after press for Shelsmusic (would love to send you a few promo’s)
    If you live anywhere near sheffield i also look after all things press for the Corporation (if you wanted to come to any shows, i can arrange guest & photo etc)


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